environmental policy

environmental policy - inland waters They set guidelines...

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Coral reefs in the United States are not only important to the environment and underwater ecosystem of fish and wildlife. They are also important to our economy and way of life. The coral reefs serve as homes to all sorts of fish in the sea, most species of which we pay a wholesome amount of money to eat at fancy restaurants. The reefs also provide a steady income for businesses that have anything to do with tourists, snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, and parasailing. There have been several bills passed that are designed to prevent water pollution and help the underwater environment, and so far they have done a great job in doing so. Coral reefs are vulnerable to many stresses; however, human waste and toxic sewage that is discharged into these reefs are the culprits of the decomposition of America’s few coral reefs. Recognizing this, the United States established the Clean Water Act of 1977 and the Water Quality Act of 1987. These acts dramatically decreased the pollution of the costal and
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Unformatted text preview: inland waters. They set guidelines for how much waste and industry is allowed to pump directly into the nations waters. Since this has gone into effect, more than 700 billion pounds of waste have been prevented from being dumped into the ocean. This bill also makes industries who plan on dumping sewage attain a permit. The organization responsible for this is known as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The permits are issued by the EPA and other environmental agencies and are only valid for five years. Over all, the Reefs in America are being protected and there is a strong effort to maintain and prevent any damage that could possibly occur. The reefs in the Florida Keys are also protected by designated sanctuary areas in which vessels and divers aren’t allowed to infiltrate. Hopefully this is enough to prevent the reefs disappearing from the face of the earth....
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